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Science  

All students study Science until the end of Year 11, in line with the National Curriculum, and they are encouraged to continue at least one Science subject at A-Level, although many students opt to do more than one.

There is now a real shift in Science education to teach Years 7 to 11 as a 5-year course culminating in the new style Science GCSEs. We are embracing this at Beaconsfield High School and are developing Year 7 and 8 Schemes of Work which provide a strong foundation to success in the three Science subjects at GCSE and to the A-Level courses in Sixth Form.

Years 7 and 8 – Foundation for GCSE

The groundwork for success at GCSE is established as our students explore key concepts in Science. Students will have specialist teaching in Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons from the start of Year 7 as we are focussed on developing the specific expertise, scientific language and core skills which provide continuity, a depth of understanding and challenge.

The topics covered are based on core principles in Biology, Chemistry and Physics which are essential to a deeper understanding of Science. Emphasis is placed on practical work and experimental skills, while familiarising pupils with safe working practices within a laboratory environment.

One core focus for the department is to foster enthusiasm and curiosity in our students from day one, to enable them to become the young scientists of the future at Beaconsfield High and beyond.

Years 9, 10 & 11 – GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Students are studying for the new OCR Gateway (9-1) Biology (J247), Chemistry (J248) and Physics (J249) GCSEs. Each course contains several units as well as a series of practical activities called PAGs. With the removal of any Controlled Assessment in the new GCSEs – the PAG activities provide the essential experience of experiments and techniques that are now assessed in the examinations.

The new style GCSEs are assessed by two terminal examinations at the end of Year 11. Each examination will have specific units that it assesses, along with the practical element of the course. The second of the two examinations will also contain a synoptic focus, which can include any topic from the entire GCSE and assumes prior knowledge of each unit of the course.

Students have been given access to Kerboodle, an online resource, which contains a digital copy of the textbooks for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE as well as a range of other assessment resources. As this course is being first examined in June 2018 we have also provided pupils in Year 10 and 11 with a Biology, Chemistry and Physics workbook to provide them with additional practice and preparation for their examinations and consolidate what we are learning at each stage of the course.